painted clothes by Carole Waller – photos Egle Vasi
painted clothes by Carole Waller – photos Egle Vasi
Carole’s one-of-a-kind painted fabrics have formed the basis of her label ‘I’m No Walking Canvas’ – timeless, ageless easy-to-wear clothes and scarves previously seen in Liberty, Harvey Nichols and Bergdorf Goodman. Individual works of art; each piece is as unique as the person who wears them.
“I believe that people want to have a personal connection to their clothes, their art, the things that inspire them,” explains Carole. “ People want to be able to express their creativity and individuality and my clothes let them. It’s alchemy between the garment and the wearer, and because each piece is completely unique, you won’t see someone else in the same dress as you!”
Carole also creates free-hanging paintings on un-stretched fabrics, as well as glass panels, which incorporate her fabric paintings. The glass panels can be used as freestanding artworks or integrated into architecture, landscape or furniture. Bespoke commissions are always welcome.Carole Waller's website: carolewaller.co.uk
Ceramic artist Gary Wood makes pots for food and drink, wall pieces and sculpture – all in subtle painted stoneware and porcelain. Gary’s work is vigorous, contemplative and distinctive. His pieces include drinking vessels, serving bowls, and sculptural artworks. Gary has exhibited in Europe, America and Japan.
Gary Wood's website: garywoodceramics.co.uk
Bronzey bowl for food
Painted tea bowl
Our resident guest artist, Annie, creates stunning, colourful, printed aluminium necklaces, cuffs and earrings.
“When I develop my own design ideas, I like to play with materials and context. The work that excites me most contains this element of changed context, or something ordinary transformed or given a new context. My work reflects my long-time interest in colour in jewellery as well as unusual recycled/re-purposed materials.”Annie Beardsley's website: anniebeardsley.com
Shelby Fitzpatrick makes a continually evolving collection of Perspex jewellery which speaks to Youth, Optimism, and a glorious sense of Fun, with more excitement just
around the corner!
‘I combine strong shapes, often in wire with beautiful stones to create timeless, striking and comfortable jewellery’.
Asymmetry and found ingredients are a theme.
Adele runs the ATWORK jewellery gallery near Tate Modern in LondonAdele Tipler's website: atworkgallery.co.uk
Amy Keeper Amy’s Spyglass range is inspired by a fascination with the Victorian scientific instruments seen in the Enlightenment Room at the British Museum. The pieces are all sterling silver that has been 18K gold and black rhodium plated and set with semi-precious stones.Amy Keeper's website: amykeeperjewellery.co.uk
‘General themes and inspiration that run through my work are notions of delicacy and fragility; mark making influenced by the landscape.
I use non-traditional enamel techniques in my work, using industrial and jewellers’ vitreous enamel on a variety of metals.
Fionna Hesketh's website: fionnahesketh.co.uk
Interaction with the built environment and events from the recent past provoked the original collection of ’60 Rings’. Using the simplicity of the drawn line, I celebrate the vibrancy of life in London by creating wearable familiar structures in iron wire and plastic. The recent ring series, ‘City Lights’, develops the theme through new forms and a modified colour palette. Like the city itself, this is exuberant jewellery for the bold and colourful.
In the latest series of brooches, I reflect on our sense of ‘Home’, ranging from the state of mind ‘bien dans sa peau’, or feeling at home with oneself, to ideas of security and belonging.
Work recently published in:
New Rings: 500+ Designs (2nd revised ed.): Nicolas Estrada (Author), Thames and Hudson, 2016Polly Horwich's website: pollyhorwich.com
‘Since Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art I have exhibited nationally and internationally, taken part in various shows, and worked to commission.
I am obsessed with colour and pattern which are the main features of my jewellery. I constantly photograph forms, patterns and colours I come across in my everyday life which all provide me with endless inspiration and ideas.
Colour is an essential element in my work. Working with resin I create my own colour palette by mixing pigments. Depending on the collection I’m working on I can create a bold, clashing palette, or a softer, sophisticated palette . Layering translucent resin over opaque helps achieve a richer finish and a wider colour range too. By patterning either one or both layers I can produce diverse effects.
I want the wearer to enjoy wearing my jewellery and appreciate the little extra details I incorporate. For instance some pieces are reversible for an added surprise. Others have magnets set within which allows bangles to stick together in sets, or ring tops to be swapped. Mis-matching is another strong element of my jewellery, adding to the unique feeling of my pieces.
Kaz Robertson 2016Kaz Robertson's website: kazrobertson.co.uk/
‘Comfort and Joy’
November 22 – December 24th 2016
They tell us that we are on a rock, once believed to be the centre of the universe, formed four and a half billion years ago spinning in space. We are all earth bound passengers in a universe that spans one hundred and fifty billion light years. We are all traveler’s and alongside every living thing on earth can trace our ancestry to a bacterium that lived billions of years ago. We have evolved and are evolving in a messy unpredictable way. We are curious beings.
We huddle together and form cultures, sub-cultures and cliques. We collect things to connect positively and emotionally with certain times, places and people. We collect to inspire us and enhance a pleasurable association, to generate an atmosphere, to create a legacy, a personal extension of who we are. Souvenirs, which help create and extend our sense of identity, a sense of being in our mixed up shook up speeding world . In short we surround ourselves with “stuff” to help us make sense of it all.’
Orson Kartt 2016Orson Kartt's website: sites.google.com/site/officialorsonkartt/
Hannah creates delicate, unique pieces using the lost wax casting method, which has enabled her to draw attention to the glass in unusual ways. Irregular edges to rims, textures on the inside rather than the outside and a thinness that is rarely encountered all help to highlight the objects she makes. An important part of her work is the way she makes the models. “I aim to treat the waxes like hot glass, working them fast and as hot as possible. This way I am able to infuse into them a sense of spontaneity and energy more akin to glass blowing than lost wax casting”.
Hannah makes vessels, not always for use, but as a comment on how we have increasingly become a throw-away society and to highlight the everyday actions we subconsciously ignore. Her vessels are often made from discarded objects, retrieved from skips or waste bins, and in doing so she gives new purpose to the original forms. Her intention is that by producing simple yet delicate pieces, she can provoke a heightened awareness of how invisible the everyday object has become.
The intense pressure of Western society to ‘succeed’ is another aspect that Hannah touches on with her expanding Energy Bowl series; She attempts to capture both the energy of the spontaneous, child-like happiness that comes from playing, alongside the meditative energy that is the basis of Tai Chi. In these vessels she reminds us to relax and take time to appreciate the beauty of the simplest of things.Hannah Facey's website: www.hannahfacey.co.uk/
Holly Belsher has been making jewellery in silver and gold, semi and non precious stone beads and pearls since leaving the Royal College of Art, London in1980.
Her work is informed by a love of the natural environment. Weathered stone, the soft lines of the British landscape, its’ flora & fauna.
Wintery branches intertwining and gnarled ancient Devon hedgerows led her to cast a series of carefully chosen twigs and then use them in combination with each other and make them into literally “precious,” wearable jewels. As they are cast they can be made in silver or any carat of gold.Holly Belsher's website: www.hollybelsher.co.uk/
Trained as a traditional jeweller, Katy Luxton creates vibrant silver and nylon jewellery. She takes her inspiration from mathematical models, geometric shapes and the interwoven curves, circles and figures produced by a Spirograph toy – the moment when a line becomes a form.
Using simple but expressive lines, Katy employs hand techniques and new technology – such as 3D printing – to create tactile, playful, wearable jewellery. Experimenting with 3D printing and the possibilities of new shapes, she found a new exciting material to work with: Nylon. Each piece is dyed by hand in her studio. The choice of colours is fascinating, as is the intensity that can be achieved, and the moment when the piece is lifted from the dye bath and rinsed is always thrilling for her.
Excited by the potential of new technology, Katy nevertheless continues to be amazed by the skills that early jewellers demonstrated, despite such limited tools, and enjoys being immersed in the act of creating with her hands. These two opposing elements flow from the same inspiration, and her collections see them brought together. From the simple line of a silver ring to more complex repeating forms, a common thread can be found.
Katy also works to commission creating beautiful wedding and engagement rings. These are made with the same attention to detail and aesthetic as her collections. Katy uses recycled precious metal to reduce the impact upon the environment and is able to redesign or use gemstones from special family heirlooms.
Katy designs and produces her jewellery from her home studio in Wadebridge, Cornwall.Katy Luxton's website: www.katyluxtonjewellery.co.uk
Patricia Volk is an acclaimed, prize-winning local sculptor who makes ceramics dance through the air with astonishing vibrancy. In an explosive spirit of play, with her newest work she juxtaposes random components in dazzling and uplifting arrangements of shape, balance and colour, both experimental and exuberant. Her pieces are unique treats for the eye, proven by the fact that she is collected by diverse fans of visual art from the likes of Mary Portas to Lord Carrington.Patricia Volk's website: www.patriciavolk.co.uk/
From July 7th to 31st, One Two Five Gallery in Bath, is delighted to host an special exhibition by ‘Stitch by Stitch’. These beautiful contemporary handmade textiles from India and Nepal are the brainchild and design of Graham Hollick.
Stitch by Stitch is a textile design company based in London, working with small groups of artisans in the remote Kutch region of Gujarat, India, and Nepal. Their collection of contemporary interior textiles is inspired by many trips to these areas.
Stitch by Stitch reinterprets traditional embroidery and quilt-making skills, and commissions hand woven wools and Kala cotton fabrics from weavers, spinners and cotton growers in Kutch. A fresh, modern collection of cushions, rugs, blankets and quilts is the result, all made with fair trade principles.
Directors Karen Sear Shimali and Graham Hollick will be in the gallery on July 7th.Stitch by Stitch's website: stitchbystitch.eu